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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
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First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

First Najaf Social Forum Festival for a Peaceful Iraq

ICSSI Secretariat – March 2018 Under the slogan “Love, Coexistence, Peace”, the Najaf Social Forum held its first festival on 9 February 2018. The festival, which was held in the Palace of Culture, was attended by youth and families and through its various activities, portrayed the city as one of diversity, harmonious coexistence and peace. The...
Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

By Human Rights Watch – Feb 25, 2018 (Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS- Daesh) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security...
The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

The First Season of the Peace Forum in Hit

ICSSI Secretariat – December 2017 The activities of the first season of the Peace Forum in Hit began on 22 December 2017. This marked the culmination of the coordinated efforts of a number of voluntary organizations which came together to establish a joint space where groups could exchange ideas and unify their visions broadly aimed...
Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

Guarantee Me a Safe Environment, I Will Protect Your Rights and Secure Your Freedoms

A summary of recommendations of the paper prepared by Shahrazad activists, on the protection of Women Human Rights Defenders in Iraq. In 2017, Iraq weathered trying social and security conditions that left their traces on efforts to secure the freedoms and security of citizens in general, and this goes in particular for Women and Men...
The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

The Final Conference of the Shahrazad Project: Past Accomplishments and Future Goals

By Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative – December 2017 After nine months of continuous work, including holding seminars, focus groups and providing legal advice to women human rights defenders through the legal clinic in the Shahrazad Center, the activities of the Shahrazad Project concluded with the Shahrazad Conference on 16 December 2017 at the Oil...
Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

Commentary: Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials

By Sarah Leah Whitson (Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch) REUTERS, December 5, 2017 At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State controlled 40 percent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands of Iraqis came to serve the IS administration, including...
Iraqi Unions Prepare for the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

Iraqi Unions Prepare for the 4th Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

By ICSSI Secretarite  Iraqi unions continue their preparations for the 4th season of Iraqi Social Forum, which will launch on 30 November 2017 and continue until 2 December 2017. Broad participation from Iraqi trade unions and civil society organizations is expected. The Forum was preceded by a national conference on social dialogue in Iraq on...
The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

The Digital Clinic: A New Resource to Protect Women Activists on Social Media!

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017  Women journalists, activists and human rights defenders tend to minimize the importance of protection for their devices and the digital content they use. Hence, most of them currently lack a clear strategy to protect their devices and information. This is a widespread problem and, in a country like Iraq...
The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

The Media’s Role in Electing Women Candidates and Increasing Voter Turnout

By ICSSI Secretariat – November 2017   On 23 October in Baghdad, IWJF held a seminar on the role of the media in supporting women candidates and mobilizing public opinion for their success in elections. With elections coming up soon, alerting voters to those women who are running for office is urgent. The seminar was...
Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan "We Love Iraq"!

Iraqi Cities of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers Gather under the Slogan “We Love Iraq”!

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Imitative (ICSSI) Baghdad  – October 2017 Forty-eight activists representing nine local youth groups from different Iraqi cities met in Baghdad for three days to discuss ways forward for living together along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers within the program of “Coexistence trails in Mesopotamia...
ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

ISF Interpretation Team Volunteers Take on Economic and Social Rights

By ICSSI Secretariat and ISF – October 2017  The Iraqi Social Forum held a specialized training on economic and social rights for its 9 interpretation team volunteers on Saturday, 7 October in Baghdad. The training was given by Wissam Gasab, ISF’s Coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights masar (path), and dealt with explaining the...
Civil Society Enabling Women's Participation in Provincial and District Councils in Iraq

Civil Society Enabling Women’s Participation in Provincial and District Councils in Iraq

In light of the recent adoption of the new law for provincial and district council elections, the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum held a seminar to discuss how best to ensure effective representation of women in these councils given that the new law stipulates that women should make up no less than 25% of the seats...